DOE Secretary says cyber R&D is agency priority

“Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Thursday said cybersecurity research and development will be a top priority for DOE technology programs in the agency’s fiscal year 2022 budget and rebutted suggestions that the administration was not sufficiently prioritizing cybersecurity in the wake of multiple high-profile intrusions.

‘I know from our industry partners that I have spoken to that they are totally focused on it and I am completely committed to getting them, and us the tools and the intelligence and the cyber response that they need to address the threats that are out there,’ Granholm said during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing…”

“Granholm said she is refocusing the Energy Department’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) on providing grid operators with threat intelligence and response capabilities. ‘I’m also going to be making sure that cyber R&D is a focus for all of our technology programs,’ she added.

In written testimony, the secretary also noted a 100-day plan announced by the White House in April to shore up the country’s electrical grid.

The secretary also touted the April 12 hiring of Puesh Kumar, who led cybersecurity engineering at Southern California Edison, to head CESER on an acting basis…” Read the full article here.

Source: Granholm says cyber R&D is a priority at DOE – By Justin Katz, May 7, 2021. FCW.

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